Indoor Air Quality
The quality of indoor air inside offices, schools, and other workplaces is important not only for workers' comfort but also for their health. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Specific diseases have been linked to air contaminants within indoor environments, such as asthma. In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.
- Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) -where more than 20 percent of occupants experience adverse effects, but no clinically diagnosed disease is found.
- Building Related illness (BRI) -general term for a medically diagnosable illness caused by, or related to, building occupancy
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Environmental Illness (El) -a controversial condition where an individual has or develops sensitivity to even low levels of certain chemicals due to extended exposure. Bottom line, the quality of indoor air can and does impact on productivity, personal comfort, building maintenance costs and even health and safety, either positively or negatively depending on how air quality is managed.
Dowdell & Associates Ltd staff have considerable experience in assessing such problems and have amassed a considerable amount of high tech equipment enabling us to test for a large range of air quality parameters. Specific requirements for individual environments can also be covered.